The Capital Building © Hellohowareyoudoing
Nicknamed the capital of the world, Washington,
D.C. is a city unlike any other, with its low-profile skyline,
green parks and open spaces, grand buildings, historic landmarks,
marbled monuments, and world famous museums. Besides its
world-famous sights, exploring this cosmopolitan city is a joy in
and of itself, through eccentric neighbourhoods that support a
thriving cultural scene, with scores of top-notch restaurants,
shops, and night-time entertainment.
The US capital is an international hub of power
and diplomacy, commanding the political centre stage for one of the
most powerful nations in the world, and representing all the
democratic ideals that the country takes pride in. After politics,
tourism is the capital's main industry. The city plays hosts to
millions of people annually who come to explore famous sights such
as the domed US Capitol, the stately White House, Lincoln Memorial,
and the soaring Washington Monument. The most well-known sights are
located along the National Mall, a green park stretching from the
US Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial on the Potomac River, and
include several memorials to great US presidents of the past, as
well as the outstanding museums of the Smithsonian Institute. As an
added bonus, almost all major attractions in the city are free.
Besides political and historic sights, Washington
is a city of interesting neighbourhoods, each with its own
character and culture. The most famous of these is historic
Georgetown, with elegant colonial houses, boutiques, fancy
restaurants, and a lively nightlife. One of the most colourful
neighbourhoods is the bohemian district of Adams-Morgan with an
assortment of funky shops and ethnic stores, while the arty suburb
of Dupont Circle is an affluent business and residential area, with
excellent restaurants, art galleries and shops that forms the
centre of DC's gay community.
While it's possible to see all the sights of
Washington that we've come to know from history in a day or two, it
would take months to truly experience all the locals know and love
about their city.
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